There was no jackpot winner on Halloween night in the Powerball drawing as no single ticket matched all six numbers drawn. This meant another roll-over for the big prize, upping the jackpot for Wednesday’s draw to an estimated $1.2 billion.
If there’s a winner in tonight’s draw they will be the lucky winner of the fourth-largest jackpot in US lottery history and the second-biggest Powerball winner.
As we still don’t know how high this current jackpot will rise, here’s the top five Powerball jackpots to have been won to date…
1. $1.586 billion, January 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
2. $768.4 million, March 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
3. $758.7 million, August 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
4. $731.1 million, January 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
5. $699.8 million, October 2021 (one ticket, from California)
Note that the 2016 record was shared between three ticket-holders that each correctly guessed all six winning numbers. In the event of multiple winners, the jackpot prize is divided between the ticket-holders.
Powerball winner will bag the fifth billion-dollar jackpot in US history
Ten-figure lottery jackpots have become surprisingly common in recent years after lottery officials tweaked the game rules to boost the top prize. Earlier this year, for example, Powerball organisers added a third weekly draw to help build larger jackpots and increase sales.
The estimated $1.2 billion draw on Wednesday will be just the fifth lottery draw with a jackpot in excess of $1 billion, all of which have come since 2016.
In addition to the Powerball records mentioned above, there have been three Mega Millions draws with a ten-figure jackpot.
$1.537 billion, October 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
$1.337 billion, July 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
$1.05 billion, January 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)